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Anthony Horgan prepares to touch down for Munster in their 2004 victory over Harlequins. Photo: Sportsfile
Anthony Horgan prepares to touch down for Munster in their 2004 victory over Harlequins. Photo: Sportsfile

Daragh Small

European wins dominate autumn’s Munster archives, writes Daragh Small

OCTOBER 24, 2014

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Munster 14, Saracens 3

Thomond Park

Dave Kilcoyne scored the only try as Munster made it two from two in the Champions Cup with a brilliant win over Saracens at Thomond Park.

It was a low scoring first half where both sides failed to find an opening in front of 26,000. They had to settle for a 3-3 half-time scoreline.

Ian Keatley missed his first chance from the kicking-tee but he did score a penalty in the 27th minute. Owen Farrell tied things up just before the break.

The crucial score came in the 61st minute when replacement loosehead prop Kilcoyne scored off a maul.

OCTOBER 23, 2009

Edinburgh 12, Munster 7

Murrayfield

David Wallace touched down but Munster were second best at Murrayfield as they fell to a disappointing defeat against Edinburgh.

Edinburgh were 9-0 ahead at half-time and only had to wait two minutes for their first successful penalty when Chris Paterson scored.

Paterson added a second penalty in the 33rd minute and there was still time for his third of the half, as Edinburgh held Munster scoreless before the break.

Munster had to wait until the 52nd minute for their first score of the game but it was a big one. Wallace scored the try and Ronan O'Gara was on target with the conversion.

Munster only trailed 9-7 at that stage but Paterson's killer fourth penalty came seven minutes later and there was no way back for the Munster men.

OCTOBER 23, 2004

Munster 15, Harlequins 9

Thomond Park

Anthony Horgan and Denis Leamy scored tries and Munster hung on to their unbeaten Heineken Cup record in Limerick, with a narrow win over Harlequins at Thomond Park.

Both of those Munster efforts came in the first half and the hosts held a commanding 15-3 ahead at half-time.

Jeremy Staunton scored an early penalty to give Harlequins the lead. Marcus Horan and Maurice Fitzgerald were both shown yellow in the tenth minute.

Munster scored shortly after with Christian Cullen and Ronan O'Gara involved for Horgan to score his try .

Staunton was then sent to the sin-bin and Munster added another try. Jim Williams made the hard yards and Leamy scored to push Munster further clear.

Munster continued to dominate but O'Gara's penalty was all they could score and they were 15-3 in front at half-time.

Staunton scored his second penalty on the resumption and then his third in the 67th minute but Munster took the win.

NOVEMBER 20, 1999

Munster 32, Pontypridd 10

Thomond Park

Ronan O'Gara was the star for Munster as they opened their Heineken Cup Pool D campaign with a big win over Pontypridd at Thomond Park.

The newly-crowned inter-provincial champions were too good for their Welsh opponents with O'Gara scoring five penalties and a drop-goal. Alan Quinlan and Killian Keane scored the tries.

Munster came into this game on the back of a 53-10 hammering of rivals Connacht, and they took a narrow 19-10 lead into half-time here.

Munster were unstoppable at the start of 1999-2000 and when Quinlan crossed over for their first try in the opening half, it looked as though the home side were about to pull clear.

But Pontypridd remained competitive and it wasn't until centre Keane scored their second try that Munster really surged clear. Pontypridd didn't score in the second half.

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